If you’re in immediate danger, or need immediate medical assistance, call 911.
Personalized Safety Plan:
A safety plan is a written or mental plan to keep yourself safe during an incident when domestic violence is present in the relationship, or after you’ve left the relationship, but a threat of violence still remains.
Safety Plans consist of places you can go to be safe, people you can safely tell about the situation, things to take when you leave, how to get help and stay safe, and much more. An example of a safety plan can be found here. If you need help coming up with your own Safety Plan, First Step advocates will be able to assist you.
Items to consider taking:
- Identification: Tribal registration cards, driver’s license, car registration, car title, children’s birth certificates, your birth and marriage certificates, social security cards, welfare identification, etc. These are among the most difficult to replace, and we therefore recommend they be a high priority in a safety plan.
- Financial: Money, bank books, check books, etc.
- Legal Papers: Your protective order, lease/rental agreement/house deed, car registration/insurance papers, custody papers, divorce papers, health and life insurance papers, family medical records, work permits, green card and immigration papers, passport, etc. Legal papers are also difficult to replace, and we highly encourage these to be a high priority when safety planning.
- Other: House and car keys, medications, school records, shot records for children, address book, photos of you, your children, the abuser, children’s toys, telephone card, jewelry and a change of clothes for you and your children.
Remember: sometimes we must leave in a hurry and cannot get this entire list. It is alright. Get as much as possible, but remember, safety first.
If you’re a survivor of domestic violence, free, confidential counseling is available through First Step, Inc. We also work closely with some community entities to ensure survivors receive consistent services wherever they feel comfortable. Other programs are listed below:
– If you’re a student at:
– Midwestern State University: You can contact the Counseling Center.
– Vernon College: You can contact the Vernon College Counseling Department.
If you’re a survivor, please know you’re not alone. 1 in 3 Texans have or will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. First Step holds support group meetings every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm (except on holidays). If you would like to explore healing through support group meetings, please contact our administrative office.